There is something exciting about the new and upcoming 2023 Dodge Challenger: it may come with hybrid system! The company decides that they are going with the new update to fight against Mustang – and their upcoming hybrid system. It should be interesting to see the upcoming ‘battle’ between Challenger and Mustang.
The current design has been going on for 12 years, so it is only logical that they are considering an update. The Challenger we know today was first introduced in 2008 with a borrowed platform from Mercy. But then again, there is nothing much to complain considering that Challenger is able to deliver Demon and Hellcat, two of the most iconic and powerful lines.
Challenger has always competed against Mustang, sitting on the second place for their best sports coupe. It would be interesting what’s the company has in mind for the updated and refined new Challenger.
The Electric Power
In the past, there has been rumor about Challenger getting the electric power, but nothing has been done so far. It is possible that FCA may not go directly into electric power, but they may go slowly with hybrid system. The company is thinking about combining electricity with the existing powertrain, especially on the high-performance versions of the ride. They believe that electricity is the future of the line.
Powertrain Options and Performance
They aren’t going to make four cylinder powertrain – unlike the Camaro and Mustang. In fact, the upcoming 2023 Dodge Challenger will be offered in 4 gas powertrain. The base one is V6 Pentastar engine with 3.6 liter capacity, delivering 305 hp of power and 268 Nm of torque. If you want more power, go with V8 engine with 5.7 liter capacity, delivering 375 hp of power and 410 Nm of torque.
On the even higher trim, there is the V8 Hemi engine with 6.4 liter capacity – claimed as the most naturally powerful aspirated engine – delivering 485 hp of power and 475 Nm of torque. And then finally, the ultimate supercharged V8 Hemi engine with 6.2 liter capacity delivering 707 hp of power and 650 Nm of torque – this one is found in Hellcat SRT model.
For the Demon SRT, there would be similar arrangement with the same engine and 6.2 liter capacity, producing even more powerful 840 hp of power and 770Nm of torque. Keep in mind, though, that Demon isn’t considered legal for street setting. But then again, you won’t find any four cylinder engine in Challenger.
The Physical Redesign Plan
For a starter, the company plans on ditching the Daimler Benz platform (which is almost ancient) for the lighter and modern construction. Although it isn’t exactly clear how the new Dodge Challenger will look like, it is going to be lighter.
With the long planning in the production, the new Challenger won’t be coming until the early 2023. Expect to see some concept cars from 2020 and 2023 if you are excited about the new 2023 Dodge Challenger.